We are VERY excited to be attending the Midwest Geobash (MWGB) held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio this coming weekend. We look forward to socializing with other geocachers and handing out FREE items to others (while supplies last).
Thanks for the Hide (www.t4th.net) is donating a geocache grab-bag with lots of cool items for the silent auction. Please bid on our auction or other items up for auction and bid high! The MWGB relies on the generous support of sponsors, sales of event merchandise, and the silent auction to cover the cost of this great event. When you attend the MWGB, you’ll wonder how they can provide such great activities, lots of fantastic free giveaways, inexpensive camping availability and no entry fees. It’s all made possible through your support!
Look for the T4TH item at the silent auction and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of some great items that you can use on your next cache outing. Items include a new T4TH.NET T-shirt (size XL), 1 engraved Mini-Maglite flashlight, 1 coupon for 20 custom engraved signature tags, 6 bison tubes, 1 plastic geo-tube, 1 custom engraved MWGB aluminum water bottle, and 1 engraved leather key fob.
Hope to see you there!
I’ve come to a point where I can no longer fight with using WordPress (this website format) to make a combination blog and product source for geocaching / munzee products that I create.
Therefore, the items that I create will be moved to my business website where I can offer a more professional customer experience for those of you who continue to place orders. This blog is meant to be just that … a source of information and sharing of experiences relating to geocaching and munzee, not an e-commerce website. The format of WordPress does not allow for a smooth customer shopping experience.
Products have been removed from this website and a link will be provided shortly to the consumer site that will showcase geocaching and munzee related items.
I hope this transition will be quick and you will enjoy what I have to offer.
In the meantime, I (again) offer this website up for a visiting author to relate their geocaching stories and experiences to generate ideas and communication with all who read this blog.
I have spent the last few days working on updating the look of this blog. You, the visitor, aren’t aware that this is taking place behind the curtain, as I tweak this area and rearrange that area, all the time trying to make this website worth coming to for information and shared experiences.
What I’ve come to realize is that this particular layout isn’t cutting it anymore. This look has been in place for over two years and even if I change the masthead image and move a couple things around, it’s still not what I want. So, over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be trying different options, adding some color hear and there and seeing if I can make this worth a visit. More updates are clearly needed and, as always, I welcome your comments.
I would also like to open this up to other geocachers and munzers who would like to be a guest author to provide a story or two and give their shot at relating an experience or sharing information. Hopefully, it may even give them the incentive to start their own blog, which would be a great thing.
I’m all for collaboration and sharing … no one person has all the information or know-how about these activities and I hope to get more input from my fellow cachers, both here in the US and in other countries. I am receiving visits from all over the world, and I would welcome any stories and/or comments from every visitor.
So in the meantime … if you happen to stop by and see this website completely out of whack – have no fear … it’s just me working behind the curtain.
I shot this video a couple weeks ago, merely to reinforce my statement that, for us, it’s all about the experience of geocaching, and not so much about the numbers. This isn’t to say that geocachers who enjoy racking up their number of finds is wrong – not at all. The idea of heading out for the main purpose of increasing my count isn’t out of the question – and while I have tried doing just that, inevitably, our purpose is diverted by an interesting town to explore, reading the text from old headstones at a cemetery find, or just taking in the sights of the surrounding area. Maybe it just comes down to the fact that we’re easily distracted.
The bottom line is, geocaching means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I welcome the chance to talk to other cachers, which is the main purpose of this blog. As always, I encourage your comments and enjoy hearing from others around the world about their experience with geocaching and what it means to them.
It was still pretty gray when this video was made two weeks ago, but with a few rains since and the temperature getting warmer, the trees have been budding and it’s starting to green up already here in Ohio. I’m looking forward to a great caching season – I look forward to your comments.
I had pretty much given up on trying to explain geocaching to my ‘friends’ on Facebook. Whenever I have posted photos of enjoying my outdoor experiences, it is normally met with indifference. No ‘likes’ here, or God forbid, someone make a comment. Yet a different person could post a single vacation photo or sadly, and even more common, a photo of a plate of food from a restaurant … and the flood gates open with comments and the ‘likes’ pour in.
I can honestly say that for awhile there, it upset me. How does a plate of food, with its distorted Instagram filter, rate higher than a beautiful sun-drenched day outdoors, with smiling faces of people who have hiked into the wilderness, and experienced the joy of finding an object that very few people have ever found (or you had the honor of finding it first)? The excitement of venturing out to places in the world that you never knew existed only adds to the joy of this activity.
But then … it hit me. The answer was right in front of me. What appeals to these individuals about a plate of food is merely the fact that it’s an activity that we all share – eating. Who among us doesn’t enjoy a good meal – especially when we’re surrounded by people we care about. There’s little difference between loosening your belt after a gluttonous feast, and picking the briars out of your clothes after signing the logbook. Well, ok, there is a difference, but still, it’s all about the experience and sharing a common activity.
So, I took it upon myself to ask a FB friend (former classmate from school) to join my wife and I in the hunt for a few geocaches. We drove to her home, picked her up and off we went. She lives in a more suburban location, so the finds were very common placements and not very exciting. One cache find was somewhat eventful, as the location put us at the end of a fence line of a driving range. We soon became the goal of every golfer who had the power to hit a 300+ yard drive. I’m not sure if our laughter was out of fear or just the absurdity of looking for a loc-n-loc under fire. Regardless of the reason, she no longer wanted to be an observer … she now wanted to play this game for real. She brought out her smartphone, opened a new account on geocaching.com, downloaded the app, and we were on our way to the next cache. Just like that, a casual observer became a player. And at the end of the day, she wanted to know when we can do this again.
So, now when I post a photo on FB from caching, I can rely on one additional ‘like’ or possibly a comment, other than from a family member. It’s one small victory in sharing this activity with others. Not everyone will enjoy this, which I understand. But it’s my mission to see more photos of smiling faces holding a travel bug, than a massive plate of gravy-dripping carbohydrates.
Let the conversion begin … (FB post: “Who’s up for an adventure?”)